12 January 2018


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You are a young African filmmaker looking for an international training platform to develop your new documentary film project? DOK.fest München together with the Cultural Department of the City of Munich offers a Residency Programme accompanied by training in scriptwriting, financing and pitching.

DOK.network Africa Residency

The Residency at Ebenböckhaus (2nd March – 14th May, 2018)

The DOK.network Africa residency is aimed at supporting filmmakers from African countries to develop their feature length documentary film projects at the international level. Thanks to our funding partners we can offer two scholarships including travel costs to and from Munich, a mentoring and training programme, monthly allowance of 1,200 Euros and accommodation in the artist-residency premises at the Ebenböckhaus of the City of Munich. The residency programme will last from 2nd March until 14th May, 2018.

Apply here:

Closing Date for entries 20th January 2018

DIFF 2018 call for entries

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) invites filmmakers from across the world to submit their Short, Documentary or Feature Fiction films to screen in the festival from 19 to 29 July 2017. The 39th edition of the festival is organised by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts in partnerships with the Durban Film Office, eThekwini Municipality, National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission and other valued funders and partners.

With screenings of cutting-edge cinema from around the world, and a special focus on both South African and African films, the festival exhibits films in a range of diverse venues in and around the city of Durban. DIFF is a premier platform for the launch of African films and a key gateway to the African film industry. The festival also includes an annual local and international awards component.

Only films completed in 2017 and 2018 will be considered, and there is no charge for entry. Submissions will be accepted via an online screener. All submissions must be entered via the DIFF Visitor Page. In order to submit a film, an account needs to be created if this has not already been done in previous years. The deadline for all entries (short films, documentaries and feature fiction films), including delivery of screeners, is 28 February 2018.

Each edition of the festival features an extensive Industry Programme with seminars and workshops comprised of both local and international filmmakers and industry professionals. The programme includes the 11th Talents Durban presented in co-operation with Berlinale Talents, and the 9th Durban FilmMart presented in partnership with the Durban Film Office, as well as various other streams of programming.

For more information visit the DIFF website or email diff@ukzn.ac.za.

AMAA 2018 call for entries

The countdown of the 14th Africa Movie Academy Awards, the Premier Africa Film Awards, has begun and the Africa Film Academy cordially invites filmmakers to submit their feature, short, animation and documentary works for consideration in nearly 30 categories of the awards.

The deadline for all submissions is 30 January 2018 and, the late entry deadline is on 14 February 2018.

Submission is on Film Freeway and in any of the AMAA offices across the continent.

Nominations will be announced on April 2018, while the 14th Edition of the AMAA will be held on 2 June 2018 and televised globally. Only films produced and released between June 2016 and January 2018 may be entered for this celebration of African cinema.

The Africa Movie Academy Awards was founded in 2005. Mostly held annually in Nigeria, the AMAA is, without doubt, the most prestigious and glamorous African entertainment industry event of its kind on the continent. Evolving from a one-day event – televised live – to an annually chronicled African event; the AMAA is now an established engagement platform for filmmakers, industry professionals and all creative industry stakeholders.

The primary aim of the AMAA is to facilitate the development and the showcasing of the social relevance of African film and cinema.

The awards are presented to recognise and honour excellence in professional filmmaking in the African film industry and the African Diaspora.

Over the years, the award presentation has been attended by numerous international media representatives, Hollywood celebrities, Nigerian politicians, other African politicians, journalists, film industry professionals, and actors and actresses from across Africa.

The 2017 African Movie Academy Awards took place on 15 July 2017 at the Eko Hotels Convention Centre in Lagos State, Nigeria. The exciting and glitzy event was hosted by notable Nollywood actress Nse Ikpe Etim.

Awards were presented in about 30 categories, including Best Animation, Best Diaspora Feature, Best Africa Film in the Diaspora and Best Diaspora Short Film Awards, inclusive of Caribbean Shorts and Caribbean Features, Achievement in Make-Up, Achievement in Production Design, and Achievement in Editing, Achievement in Screenplay, Best Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role, and more.

The award for Best African Actor of the year went to Jahwar Soudani for his lead role in the Tunisian movie Last of Us, while the Congolese born actress, Vero Tshanda, won the Best Actress for her lead role in the Senegalese movie, Félicité by Allan Gomis.

Félicité emerged the biggest winner of the night and won the AMAA 2017 Best Film and lots more. Other winners included Akin Omotoso, who won the best director award; Nkem Owoh who received the Lifetime Achievement Award; and 76 which won the Lagos State Best Nigerian film award.

The Best Diaspora Short was a joint award and the award was presented to the short films titled, 90 Days (USA) and Kbela (Brazil).

Disney’s Queen of Katwe won the award for Achievement in Costume Design and the Best Young/ Promising Actor award, which went to Medina Molanga.

Filmmakers must ensure that for the 2018 edition of the award, each completed entry form must be accompanied by all the supporting materials listed on the submission forms, including the synopsis of the film, the list of credits, marketing stills of the film, filmographies of the directors and producers, copies of the film in 3DVDS or a hard drive plus a compulsory online submission via Vimeo/WeTransfer and proof of the right to submit. All films must also indicate the year of copyright.

Importantly, the Africa Film Academy will not accept any film that exceeds the 120-minute run as a feature or a short film that is longer than 40 minutes.

International submissions can be made HERE and all other submissions can be made via the AMAA website. To stay up to date with the latest information regarding the 14th African Movie Academy Awards or for nomination submissions, visit the African Movie Academy Awards website.

Alternatively, email info@ama-awards.com or submission@ama-awards.com.